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Lake Chahafi is among the least popular Crater Lakes in Kisoro yet most spectacular and worth exploring on a Uganda safari. Chahafi Lake is a small Crater Lake in Kisoro, one of the ideal spots to explore after golden monkey or gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Chahafi Lake is part of the numerous crater lakes in Kigezi sub-region, also most referred to as the Switzerland of Uganda thanks to its spectacularly rugged mountainous terrain and moderate kind of climate. This crater has a twin on the eastern part called Lake Kayumbu. In between the 2 craters, there is a towering threat of a hill and guests are guaranteed of breathtaking sceneries.


Lake Chahafi features a unique history that dates back to the colonial era. This is associated to struggle for region’s control, especially during the WW I. In 1914, the joint forces of the British and Belgians established a base at the lake shores so as to repel the Germans in the struggle to take control of Kigezi. Prior to 1914, Chahafi Lake is where the Katuregye tried to repulse the British imperialists. Katuregye and his subjects got courage from the native Nyabingi religious movement that had strong believe on the spirits of the land and that could help the natives defeat the colonialists. While on African vacation at Lake Chahafi, do not miss the remarkable tales of the dramatic campaign that subdued Katuregye.


Lake Chahafi Resort –this is a boutique hotel built in Kisoro and very accessible from the shores of Lake Chahafi. It is strategically located offering excellent views of the surrounding and the lake itself.

Getting to Lake Chahafi

Chahafi Lake is 20km away from Mt. Muhabura, Sabinyo and Gahinga. From Kampala/Entebbe, you need at least 8-9 hours to drive up to the lake and or 4-5 hours from Kigali, drive via Chanika border to Kisoro town.